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William J. Folsom Gone With the Wind Premiere Film

Collection number: ahc.VIS190

Scope and Content

The collection, in its original format, is a single reel of 16mm black and white acetate film shot by William J. Folsom during the premiere events for Gone With the Wind. The majority of the film was shot at a ball hosted by the Atlanta Junior League at the Atlanta Municipal Auditorium in downtown Atlanta. There are many close-up shots of principal actors from the film including Olivia De Havilland, Vivien Leigh, Clark Gable, Ona Munson, and Laura Hope Crews. The director, David O. Selznick, is pictured along with Carole Lombard, wife of Clark Gable, and Laurence Olivier, companion of Vivien Leigh. There is also a brief shot of the Twelve Oaks facade built for Loew's Grand Theatre and the painting of Scarlett in the blue dress.


  • 1939


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright law. (Title 17, U.S. Code) Permission for use must be cleared through the Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center. Licensing agreement may be required.

Administrative/Biographical History

The filmGone With the Wind, based on the novel by Margaret Mitchell (Marsh), premiered in Atlanta, Georgia, on December 15, 1939.


1 film reel(s)



System of Arrangement

Collection is arranged by catalog number.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of William J. Folsom, 1975 (1975.14)

Existence and Location of Copies

A DVD access copy is available for the entire film.

General Physical Description

Four minutes playing time of 16mm black and white acetate film transferred to digital format (DVD)

Description Control

Collection processed in 2011.

William J. Folsom Gone With the Wind Premiere Film
Inventory prepared by Melanie Stephan
February 2011
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Kenan Research Center at Atlanta History Center Repository

130 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta GA 30305